September 2019
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Has Your Kids’ World Gone Gray?

Hot Topics: Like many mainstream trends, it started on TV. HGTV, to be specific. While deciding whether to Love Or List that Flip or Flopped Fixer Upper, we watched as optimistic couples and their designers tore out the wood tones and beige neutrals of their ‘90s rooms and swapped them with the latest chic color palette: cool gray in every shade. Entire homes seemed to slowly drain of color. Gray cabinets, gray tile, gray furniture, even gray hardwood floors and concrete countertops. Picking out a pattern? How about a sleek gray-and-white geometric print? Read more…
Activities: Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF started in 1950 when girls and boys across the United States collected coins in hand-painted milk cartons to help children affected by World War II. Since then, generations of children in the United States have gone door to door on Halloween with the signature orange collection boxes, calling out, “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!” The funds help UNICEF with their goal of providing health care, immunizations, access to safe water and sanitation services, basic education, and emergency relief to children around the world. Read more…

9 Tips for Handling Picky Eaters

9 Tips for Handling Picky Eaters

Feeding Your Family: Parenting comes with a variety of challenges. While it’s one of the most rewarding jobs, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when it comes to what may be viewed as a simple task – feeding your toddler. As babies grow into toddlers, children begin to let you know how they feel about things and this is likely to include their dislike for certain foods. As they are exposed to a wider variety of foods, they may not want to eat what you’ve prepared, or they may develop preferences for certain foods. While it can feel impossible to get toddlers to eat at times, there are a few tips that can help make mealtime go more seamlessly. Read more…

Get Into the Zone

Education: Parenting can be stressful, and guess what, so can childhood. Margie Ferris (speech-language pathologist) and Melissa Wassil (teacher and preschool director) are looking to remedy that with their Zen Zone Sensory Gym. Read more…

52 Free Things to Do for FREE in Westchester

Activities: Whether you’ve just moved to Westchester (yes, moving can be expensive) or have been here for a bit, entertaining the family can be costly. Fear not, there are so many absolutely great things to do here that cost nothing. That’s right - zero, nil, nada, all for free! Read on for these thrifty, keep-everybody-happy, finds. Read more…

Lazy Lunchbox 101

Feeding Your Family: School is starting and yes we all want our kiddos to eat healthy during the school day. We know it’s best for their physical and mental health. Sending a lunch box is a good way to offer healthy foods. We also know that we are all overextended, plus tired and groggy at 7 a.m. Let’s get a realistic take on the lunch box — let’s even get a wee bit lazy. Read more…

A Little Book of Big Magical Stickers

Contests: Enter to win A Little Book of Magical Stickers that includes 20 huge designs and more than 150 mini ones! The book features everything magical and mysterious - perfect for this time of year! Read more…

Let’s Go to the Apple Orchard!

Activities: Summer in Westchester can feel so … manufactured. Between splash pads, amusement parks, zoo trips, and indoor play places where the air conditioning is cranked up, come September we long for some unfiltered fresh air. There’s no better way to detox from chlorine and hot plastic play equipment than a trip to an orchard to pick apples the good old-fashioned way. Our favorite spot to get back to nature is on Hardscrabble Road in North Salem, home to Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard and its neighbor Outhouse Orchards. Read more…
Technology: There are countless books, articles, and blogs perpetuating the idea that every child needs to learn to code. We’ve all heard “coding is the new literacy,” and “learning to code is essential to prepare kids for the future.” While programming skills will absolutely be in high demand as we move toward a future filled with automation, robots, and artificial intelligence, it’s not necessary to subscribe to the idea that every kid needs to become a coding expert. From seven plus years of experience teaching thousands of children and teens in all aspects of creative technology, I’ve made a simple observation: some kids are wired to be coders and others are better suited pursuing more creative aspects of technology. Read more…

Hot Dots Jr.

Contests: Enter to win Hot Dots Jr., featuring Pete the Cat. This educational learning set helps makes learning fun for preschoolers and kindergartners. Kids learn about reading, math, science, social studies and more! Read more…
Activities: Everyone is heading back to school, but that doesn’t mean family outings must stop. Make a little time for some good family fun this season. Yes, the top fun-for-all family activity in September is apple picking. You can easily get apples in the grocery store, but here in the Northeast pick-your-own is a time-honored tradition. Read more…
Relationships: While not a public holiday, Grandparents Day is in fact a national holiday. President Jimmy Carter signed a proclamation on Aug. 3, 1978 declaring the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. Read more…

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